Land Rover Series III HDL 163V

A collection of images of long wheelbase Land Rover Series III HDL 163V. The owner informed me that the vehicle had served with the RAF’s No.102 Squadron where it was used as an airfield hack and as such only had around 23,000 miles on the clock when he purchased it a few years ago. He told me he added the black to the camo and fitted the radio equipment himself. He also made the replica smoke grenade dischargers which are actually painted aerosol cans.

All photos were taken on May 6th 2017
Photos: Tony Wilkins


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Land Rover Series IIa Lightweight 84 KB 48 – Mortar Fire Controller’s Vehicle

A collection of images of Land Rover Series IIa Lightweight 84 KB 48 configured as a mortar fire controller’s vehicle of the 5th Battalion, the Royal Anglian Regiment taken on the grounds at Caldicot Castle.

All photos were taken on May 6th 2017
Photos: Tony Wilkins

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AEC Militant Mk.III NJI 8477 “Edith”

A collection of images of AEC Militant Mk.III NJI 8477 “Edith” taken on the grounds at Caldicot Castle.

All photos were taken on May 6th 2017
Photos: Tony Wilkins


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Bedford RL GS / 52 EL 20

A collection of images of a Bedford RL logistics truck (52 EL 20) taken on the grounds at Caldicot Castle.

The Bedford RL was based on the civilian Bedford SCL 7-ton truck and over 74,000 were built between the 1950s and the 1970s during which time it became the British forces’ main medium truck before being gradually replaced by the Bedford MK/MJ series.

All photos were taken on May 6th 2017
Photos: Tony Wilkins


Land Rover Series 3 Ambulance JOR 787L at Brooklands Museum

A collection of pictures of ex-British Aerospace Land Rover Ambulance JOR 787L on display at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey.

All photos were taken on April 5th 2016
Photos: Tony Wilkins


 

The vehicle is based on the long-wheelbase (109 inch) Series 3 Land Rover built between 1971 and 1985 (this vehicle was built in 1973 making it one of the early Series 3s). The vehicle was originally owned by Hawker Siddeley Aviation Ltd before being absorbed by British Aerospace and was operated at Dunsfold Aerodrome. Unfortunately during my visit the vehicle was not open to photograph the interior.

 

Military Land Rovers from Fortress Wales 2015

Land Rover Series III Army camouflage

Peek-a-Boo! A heavily camouflaged Land Rover 109-inch Series III


Land Rover Series III Lightweight

It’s not a Jeep! Committed Land Rover enthusiasts will no doubt headbutt you if you call it a Jeep. The so-called Lightweight Land Rover (sometimes referred to as Half-Ton Land Rover or Airportable Land Rover) was a stripped down version of the short wheelbase Series III Land Rover. The reduction was intended to allow the vehicle to be carried as an underslung load by a Westland Wessex helicopter.


Communications Land Rover Defenders

There were two Land Rover Defenders configured as communication vehicles at Fortress Wales 2015. These vehicles would normally have a crew of two and would be used to relay communications between the area headquarters and the frontline troops.

The owner of the older vehicle was kind enough to talk me through some of the equipment inside the vehicle.

 

 

NEWS: British Army awards £70m contract to maintain AFV tracks

British Army Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle Poland 2015

British Army Warrior IFV in Poland (yahoo news)

Private firm Cook Defence Systems have been awarded a £70m contract to maintain the British Army’s fleet of tracked Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs). Based in Country Durham, the company has signed a four-year deal to support the Army’s Challenger II Main Battle Tank (MBT), the Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and the Scimitar reconnaissance vehicles by building and maintaining replacement tracks. The deal is said to have secured 110 jobs with the company.

William Cook, the company’s General Manager, told The Times;

Tanks tracks may appear low-tech compared to drones and missiles but as armoured fighting vehicles become heavier and more powerful we have to use the latest manufacturing techniques and materials to minimise the weight and maximise the lifespan of track systems.